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2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Drop List


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Drop List!

As COVID-19 continues to affect the NFL and its schedule, we’re already about a third of the way through the season.

Playoffs are still a while away, but it should be in the back of every fantasy owner’s mind.

As usual, injuries in Week 5 have changed the landscape of fantasy football. Dak Prescott’s bone-chilling ankle injury left the Cowboys to rely on their back-up Andy Dalton to close out a close win against their division rival New York Giants. While it’s a sight you’d never like to see in real life, Prescott’s injury has massive fantasy implications — the Dallas quarterback was the top-ranked fantasy scorer.

Dak is an obvious drop, but we’ll be taking a look at some of the other players who are drop candidates.

Being from Canada, I would be remiss not to mention Canadian Thanksgiving. Let’s see which players need to be stuffed on the waiver wire to ensure you’re not the league turkey.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Drop List

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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (95% Rostered)

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Matt Ryan is a good quarterback. He’s a former league MVP and has been a top-tier fantasy quarterback for almost a decade.

Part of this recommendation has to do with having future Hall-of-Famer Julio Jones catching passes. This season, however, the duo hasn’t been on the same page. Outside of Week 1, Jones has only six catches for 56 yards. Granted, he was also held out of the Week 3 matchup against Chicago and most recently out with an injury against Carolina. The seven-time Pro Bowler is currently week-to-week with a lingering soft tissue hamstring ailment, limiting the dynamism of the Falcons offense.

Regardless of Jones’ situation, Ryan hasn’t been producing over the past three weeks. He hasn’t eclipsed the 300-yard mark during this time and has two interceptions while throwing only a single touchdown.

Part of this was Dan Quinn’s play-calling and his propensity to run the ball on first down. After going 0-5 to start the year, Quinn was sent out to pasture. A new coach could be a breath of fresh air for Ryan and the Falcons, but it’s tough to see the offense getting better with Jones banged up.

The Atlanta offense is currently in shambles, and fantasy owners in typical 12-man leagues can find better scoring on the waiver wire.

Wide Receiver

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (88% Rostered)

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There’s a new kid on the block in Pittsburgh and his name is Chase Claypool.

Claypool’s historic performance on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles was nothing short of fantastic, scoring four touchdowns on ten total touches while racking up 116 total yards.

The towering rookie wideout was the third rookie to score four touchdowns in a game in league history.

Pretty good for the eleventh receiver taken in the 2020 draft.

While the Steelers fanbase has found their new darling, Diontae Johnson who was sitting at WR2 in steel country has been usurped. Since Week 2, Johnson has only seen three targets. Of those three targets, he has one catch for minus-two yards.

Johnson has sustained both a concussion and a back injury in his last two games, which has a lot to do with his numbers (or lack thereof).

In the first two games of the season, Johnson had 25 targets and was looking like a solid WR2 option. Now, with Claypool in the mix, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for production.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (43% Rostered)

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With Julio Jones out last Sunday, Russell Gage was in a prime position to excel.

Instead of taking advantage of the situation against Carolina, the third-year receiver did quite the opposite. For the third-straight week, Gage totaled only two receptions. Through the past three weeks, the former LSU Tiger has only totaled 64 yards.

Considering Gage hasn’t broken out in Jones’ absence, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect his productivity to rise anytime soon.

Gage should stay on the waiver wire until Atlanta’s dumpster fire of an offense gets back on track.

Running Back

Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers (85% Rostered)

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Jerick McKinnon posted at least 77 yards from scrimmage in the three games before last Sunday’s shellacking at the hands of the Dolphins. He also had five total touchdowns on the season with an injured Raheem Mostert sidelined.

Against the Dolphins, Mostert came back to reassume control of the offensive snaps. McKinnon had one rush for no yards while catching two of four catches for five yards.

The Niners were playing from behind for the majority of the game, which would typically be a good thing for a pass-catching backs like McKinnon. On Sunday, however, the San Francisco passing attack was off balance from the get-go as a recovering Jimmy Garoppolo failed to get in a rhythm during his first game back. CJ Beathard stepped in for the second half and wasn’t able to hit his stride either.

Not only is Mostert back in the mix, but San Francisco’s already pedestrian passing game is looking shakier than usual. It’s best to avoid the Niners’ crowded backfield, but if there’s anyone to own, it’s Mostert.

Tight End

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (75% Rostered)

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I expected the Broncos to be a solid team, with a chance of making it to the playoffs. Drew Lock looked promising until his injury early in the season.

Noah Fant, who is one of the fastest tight ends in the league, ran a 4.50 at the combine. He has the ability to overpower safeties and outrun linebackers.

He’s also dealing with an ankle injury and was forced out of a juicy matchup against the Jets after making five catches for 35 yards.

Normally, catching five passes is a good thing for a tight end, but most of his catches were thrown underneath, acting as a safety option. His longest catch was for 11 yards— not exactly game-breakers.

With Drew Lock still out of the lineup, Fant’s fantasy output looks underwhelming, especially as he’s monitoring an injury.

Check out the rest of our 2020 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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